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The Boston Bruins Should Do Some ‘Shadowing’

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins won’t face more firepower in back-to-back games this season than in these 48 hours, with the Capitals here at the Garden Thursday night, followed by the Black and Gold’s visit on Saturday to Toronto....

When it was over Thursday night, Ovechkin (2) and Backstrom (1) collected three goals in the defending Cup champs’ 4-2 win. The Bruins limited their chances, holding the Capitals to 21 shots, but as if often the case, the Capitals’ best bandits found the bank and stole the cash.

On Saturday, Matthews will be flanked by Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen, while Tavares is expected to ride with Zach Hyman and the slippery, dazzling Mitch Marner (No. 1 in Leafs scoring with 55 points).

In days of yore — hold your Google searches, kids, the train down memory lane is now leaving — the Bruins sometimes opted for the shadow approach to cover such elite scoring strength. Shadows were once the infield shift of hockey, an exaggerated defensive tactic used to take away the bat from the other team’s power hitters.

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A good time to bring up a quote from then coach Sid Abel of the Detroit Red Wings to Bryan Watson on shadowing Bobby Hull.

"If Bobby Hull goes to the concession stand, you go with him and put the sugar in his coffee."

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